Created: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:32:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:59:00 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Fire departments across the nation now have a chance to compete for a portion of a $32 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The grants will focus on fire prevention and safety that will reach high-risk populations to decrease injuries and deaths.
The Grand Junction Fire Department had a meeting Wednesday afternoon and they are most likely applying for this grant.
If the department acquires some of the funds they want to purchase another smoke station or fire simulation unit.
This will help provide public training if a fire situation occurs.
Local fire stations around the area have some ideas if they apply and get accepted.
“The best way to put out a fire is to never let it happen. If we can get some money to help us educate people not to have fires, it’s a lot more effective and an economical way to deal with a fire scenario,” said Mike Page with the Grand Junction Fire Department.
"It will help finish our station alerting system and our big thing is getting our new members up to speed which are expensive for training,” said Palisade Fire Department chief Richard Rupp.
The Palisade Fire Department and the Lower Valley Fire Department will be reviewing the grant before making their decision when to apply.
The application deadline is March 21.